“Library’s next move: Reimagine downtown” – 1/30/2018

Source: Rockford Register Star 1/30/2018; by Corina Curry

“Library trains to help homeless” – 2018

Source: Rockford Register Star 1-14-2018; Corina Curry


Rockford Public Library remodel and reconfiguration – 1967

Source:  Library photo collection.

The third floor of the library was added, 2 more public elevators were added, air-conditioning and some areas climate control was added (and more).  Parking extended to the river; later this became bike path and park area. The photo shows how much space was added to the south.  Approximately 90% of the old library was still intact in this lower photograph.

Soil under main Rockford Public Library – 2010

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Oct. 7, 2010

Rockford Public Library – April 1967, Demolition of “Carnegie library”

A third floor and air-conditioning, new elevators were added to South End of new building, see completed, south end (photo left), additional floor space on east side of building.  215 N. Wyman St.

Photo on left: No. Wyman facing south


Above: “old” library building, Carnegie Library, 1903 – 1967  Dome with rotted wood removed.

Above: new library building, display case and kiosk added, bookdrop to N Wyman St. added, greater handicap accessibility without steps at entrance.    Boettcher and Simon, architects.  1967-1968 to 201_.





Rockford Public Library – Rock Valley College

Source: Rockford Register Star 10/11/2013